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Trump delays effective date of travel ban amid court battle

21 June, 2017, 07:10 | Author: Simon Thompson
  • US President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was served another defeat as a second appeals court blocked his executive

The only branch of the government that is acting outside its constitutional authority is the judicial branch, not the executive branch.

The lawsuits by Hawaii and the Maryland challengers argued that the executive order violated federal immigration law and a section of the Constitution's First Amendment, which prohibits the government from favoring or disfavoring any particular religion. Trump has said that the suspensions allow much-needed time to review the nation's immigration and refugee evaluation procedures to ensure potential terrorists aren't allowed to enter the country.

Pointing to the fact that order technically states the ban would last "for 90 days from the effective date of this order", Justice Department lawyers are arguing that the 90-day clock has yet to even start, since Trump's order never took effect. "I think we can all attest that these are very risky times and we need every available tool at our disposal to prevent terrorists from entering the United States". Whatever the Supreme Court does in this case, we probably haven't heard the end of the president's efforts to fulfill one of the basest, most un-American promises of his campaign. He also denied that the travel ban has any relation to religion. "We disagree with the Ninth Circuit's decision to block that authority", Sessions said in a statement Monday evening. Presidents do have substantial latitude in setting immigration policy and in preserving national security, but those powers are not limitless and can not be exercised arbitrarily.

The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to immediately reinstate its ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries.

A federal judge first blocked Trump's initial travel ban in early February. "It can not go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation".

President Donald Trump amended his embattled travel ban to address arguments being made at the U.S. Supreme Court that it would expire Wednesday under its original wording.

"Today's ruling once again demonstrates the near-unanimity of judges in ruling against any type of 'Muslim ban, '" said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.

Masri noted that CAIR filed an amicus ("friend of the court") brief in the case.

The high court also is being asked to uphold the constitutionality of the Trump travel policy, which lower courts have blocked saying it shows anti-Muslim prejudice.


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